The surprise pre-emptive air attack by the Japanese on the American Pacific Fleet in their base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, on December 7th 1941 had momentous consequences. In a day which President Franklin Roosevelt said would “live in infamy”, the Japanese aircraft sank 18 warships, damaged several more, and killed over 2,400 U.S. … More Dates That Changed the Western World: 1941 and Pearl Harbor
On Wednesday 21st May, I visited Dilton Marsh, Westbury, in Wiltshire to talk about Black GIs in Britain during World War II. I had previously supported the society’s successful application for a Heritage Lottery fund grant of £17,600 to support a project on “The Village at War” which will collate and preserve local memories of the … More Professor Wynn Meets with Dilton Marsh History Society
Are there limits to the intellectual inquiries historians may make? Our knee-jerk reaction to this, of course, would usually be – should usually be – ‘no’. I wrote a few months ago about Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch’s recent Silence: A Christian History (Allen Lane, 2013). In that book, he writes of history as “a subversive discipline” … More When Is History Not History?